Art Techniques | 5 June 2017Tips for Painting Using Mood And Atmosphere Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Have you ever wondered how the master’s evoke different emotions with their oil paintings? Beginning Oil shows you just how to accomplish that by teaching you the importance of lighting and shadows. As a painter, you are the director of the scene. Planning out your ideas about mood will guide you as you work on a painting. Before you begin, ask yourself: What mood do you want to convey in this painting? Think about the reason that you want to paint a particular scene. If you are enthusiastic about the subject, that enthusiasm will show in your final painting. What kind of lighting will you show? Will it be a soft, diffused light? Will it have deep shadows and bright highlights? Where is the light source coming from? How intense is the light source? If it’s a sunny day, consider pushing the value and color temperature differences between the objects in your painting. On a cloudy day, those differences will be subtle. Where are the shadows? How deep or subtle do they look? Think about your color scheme. Use warm colors for areas lit by the sun and cool colors for shadowed areas. Yellow brings energy, while a grayed violet lacks energy. Use that grayed violet to your advantage by painting it into the shadows. You might be painting outdoors or in your home using sketches or photographs. Which areas of the photo or sketch will you include? Which areas will you exclude? Atmospheric Perspective “Without atmosphere, a painting is nothing.” —Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch painter Atmospheric perspective is a method used in painting to show objects receding in the distance. Objects will appear lighter as they move farther away because there is more atmosphere, dust, and pollution between your eye and distant objects. The color of the sky will also influence the objects in the distance. The sky on a clear day appears blue when you look up. But when you look in the distance, mountains will appear blue. On a cloudy day, there is no blue in the sky and objects in the distance will look grayish. Artists who paint landscapes use the lessons of atmospheric perspective. Using this knowledge will help turn a two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional world. Mountains in the Distance Artists can create atmosphere in a landscape painting by showing objects in the distance lightening in value. One way to do this is to paint several bands of mountains. Choose a blue with a bit of red for the mountains in the foreground. Add some yellow and white to the blue in the next set of mountains, and more yellow and white for the third set. Mood + Warm & Cool Temperatures Cool colors, such as blue and green, suggest calm and peace. Warm colors, like red, yellow, and orange, suggest vitality and energy. Take advantage of cool and warm temperatures to create mood in your paintings. What kind of mood do you want to create with your oil painting? Buy from an Online Retailer US: Beginning Oil teaches aspiring artists everything they need to get started with oil painting. A well-rounded introduction to the art of basic oil painting, Beginning Oil describes and explains everything needed to paint your own oil masterpieces, including tools and materials, color essentials and theory, design and composition, still life painting, landscape painting, plein air painting, and more. Basic oil techniques are clearly explained and beautifully illustrated, allowing readers to master key concepts and then put them into practice. Step-by-step exercises then allow aspiring artists to mimic and practice each technique within a larger work, making oil painting approachable and accessible to artists of all skill levels. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.